It was 1993 in Paris, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier asked each other: what if there was an exhibition that never ended, that constantly reinvented itself each time it was presented? From this conversation, "do it" was born, an exhibition that began with twelve artists proposing artwork based on written instructions–which could be interpreted differently each time they were carried out. "Since then, hundreds of artists have been invited to submit instructions, and "do it" has taken place all over the world from Austria to Australia, from Thailand to Uruguay, from Canada to Iceland, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress." The Galleries at Moore will host an opening reception for the Philadelphia exhibition of "do it" this Friday evening. The reception will offer light refreshments and feature performances from Philly-based artists Kate Watson-Wallace and Helen Hale. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available here. Friday, September 12th, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., The Galleries at Moore, 20th Street and The Parkway.
For all of you Pinterest and Etsy addicts: head to the Craft Phila fair this weekend to get your fix and check out talented, independent artists display their visual art, crafts, and fashion wares. You can peruse a plethora of handmade goods set up steps away from the Liberty Bell–everything from photography to jewelry–in a broad range of styles and prices. Admission to the fair is free. For more information, head here. Saturday, September 13th, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. & Sunday, September 14th, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 6th & Chestnut/Market Streets.
The Doylestown Arts Festival is back for its 23rd year, with two days of over 150 juried artists and vendors with goods on display, live entertainment from a variety of musicians, a food court with plenty of delicious vendors, bike races, and tons of activities spanning the entire downtown area. More information about the festival, including a schedule and map, can be found here. Admission is free. Saturday, September 13th & Sunday, September 14th, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., State, Main, Oakland, & Hamilton Streets, Doylestown, PA.
Wallow in those hazy indian summer vibes this Saturday at Johnny Brenda's 6th annual Pils Picnic, an end-of-season celebration and nod to delicious local pilsners. There will be picnic fare for all (deviled eggs and cold fried chicken!) and plenty of brews on tap, including Troeg's Sunshine Pils, Sly Fox 2nd Street Keller Pils, and Neshaminy Trauger Pils. Plus, DJ Das Haas will be spinning a solid mix of classic R&B and doo-wop jams. Saturday, September 13th, 12 p.m., 21+, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue.
If you're not up for small talk with the colorful crowds flocking to Fringe Festival shows this weekend, but still want to revel in the artsy-ness, check out "Mirroring Sky." Inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens and the streets of our city, the self-guided soundscape is essentially a romantic stroll for one through Philly's pathways, enhanced by a special app for your smart phone. It's the perfect Fringe fix for introverts and the socially awkward. If you're craving group interaction, there will be a free guided tour of the production this Saturday. You can RSVP here. Saturday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m., Rittenhouse Square, 18th & Walnut Streets.
From 7 Show To See This Week: Stop me if you've heard this before: White male rapper makes a name for himself from a quick wit and serious freestlying skills. Battling an unfortunate cliche, Andy Bothwell has made a name for himself with his poignant lyrics and popular free styles at shows. One time at a Philly show he went in for three minutes about WaWa and dinosaurs at the crowd's request. If that isn't worth a listen then I don't know what else would convince you. Sunday, September 14th, 6:30 p.m., $12, The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue.
This memorial event, which honors the life of Jessica Beth Schwartz, raises funs to provide pediatric transplant recipients with college scholarships. Guests at Urban Saloon can expect to hear the sounds of The Sermon! and Brian La Pann, and will have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction. Tickets, which are $40.00, include open bar can be purchased by clicking here. Sunday, September 14, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Avenue.
DJ Royal T (along with DJ Hiding Place and Bloodfaceman) will spin rare soul and rock 45s at Johnny Brenda’s, for its First Tuesdays: Uptown Records Night. If your ears were polluted with far too many pop hits this past weekend, this is sure to help. Tuesday, September 2nd, 8 p.m., 21+, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue.
Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is supporting indie improv comedy teams in the area with its new program Launch Pad. PHIT’s first inaugural Launch Pad team, Bad Kitten, has been taking the local improv comedy scene by storm—and you can catch them perform this Wednesday evening. The PHIT's hilarious house team will be performing along with them. A solid cure to your end-of-summer blues, we promise. Advance tickets are available here. Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:30 p.m., $8 or $10 at the door, PHIT, 2030 Sansom Street.
The newly renovated Dilworth Park at City Hall is finally set to reopen this week. The transformation will convert the formerly inaccessible space into a “sustainable, well-maintained, green public without stairs or barriers from the street.” The public space will include an immense lawn lined with foliage, a fountain and performance space perfect for markets and seasonal activities, as well as an outdoor cafe by Jose Garces. Park-goers can look forward to many upcoming festivities at Dilworth, including an ice skating rink come winter, public art exhibits, and much more. The ribbon-cutting for the park will take place this Thursday–followed by a weekend filled with special programming to celebrate the grand opening. For more information, click here. Thursday, September 4th, 11 a.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Street (West Side of City Hall).
Painter and printmaker Emily Cucalon (pictured), and mixed media artist Marianne Dages will host a free opening reception for their latest exhibition in the Print and Picture Hallway Gallery at the Central Library this Thursday. The artists’ works explore modes of communication: Cucalon’s focusing on the fragmentation of various modes, and Dages examining it through “a personal and idiosyncratic catalogue of symbols.” Thursday, September 4th, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Communion, an independent platform for flourishing young musicians, was founded in London in the summer of 2006 by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons and Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den. It grew into a community for artists and fans alike, with shows across the UK and United States, working to promote new music to broad audiences. XPN and Bonfire will present Communion: Philadelphia this Thursday night at Underground Arts, with performances from (awesome) artists Diane Birch (pictured), Crash (of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Ron Gallo, and Levee Drivers. Tickets are available for purchase online. Thursday, August 4th, 8 p.m., 21+, $9.50, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Get the flower crowns and moccasins ready for the little ones! Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is hosting its first kids music festival, Kidchella. Kids 10 and younger, along with their adult partners in crime, are invited to rock out to live tunes from Grammy-nominated kindie artist Brady Rymer, pop-rock act The Not-Its!, and Walter Martin of The Walkmen. Guests are invited to bring a picnic, or cash for dollar tacos from Shifty's Tacos. Honest Tea will provide juice, free for the kids while supplies last. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available here. Friday, July 25th, 6-8 p.m., $10, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive.
Who knew Dave & Buster's had a Dockside Bar? Take advantage of the waterfront view and some live music this Friday night. Enjoy beers, cocktails, and eats while six different bands hit the stage from 6 p.m. on. If boredom strikes, you can always mosey inside for some good old-fashioned arcade gaming. Friday, July 25th, 6 p.m., $10, Dockside Bar at Dave & Buster's, 325 N. Columbus Blvd.
From Be Well Philly: Down dog and sing along to the sounds of No Doubt, Nirvana and TLC this weekend at Yoga Garden’s 90s-themed Soundtrack Saturday. This nearly two-hour long upbeat Vinyasa flow class is sure to get your spirits and your heart rate up. Click here for more.
Already counting the days until Christmas? Get your holiday fix under-the-sea at Adventure Aquarium, which will transform into a winter wonderland this weekend for its first-ever Christmas Celebration in July. The event comes complete with twinkling lights, glowing trees, and of course, Santa, who will be making several dives into the 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm, home to giant sea turtles and a hammerhead shark. Keep an eye out for Bumble, too. The Abominable Snow Monster will make it snow right inside the aquarium. Along with the regular exhibits, there will be plenty of holiday-themed activities, plus a letter to Santa drop-off (early bird gets the best presents, right?) Each guest will receive a $5-off coupon good for a visit during the holiday season. Saturday, July 26th & Sunday, July 27th, 10 a.m - 7 p.m., Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ.
Get your dancing shoes ready for Philadelphia Dance Day, a full day of free dance workshops for dancers of all levels and styles. Workshops will be held at studios throughout the city, with tutorials on everything from ballet to salsa to tap and even belly-dancing. To close out the day, The Ethical Society of Philadelphia will host several nighttime workshops, plus a huge Zumba class. Pre-registration is not required, but a $2 ticket, available online, can guarantee you a spot in some of the smaller studios. A full list of studios, classes, and times is available here. Saturday, July 26th, various locations.
Celebrate the Puerto Rican Heritage at the 43rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Festival this Saturday. Bristol Lions Park will host a full day of cultural celebrations, featuring tons of traditional food, music, dance, and costumes. The outdoor activities will appeal to the whole family, with live entertainment and performances, dance workshops, cooking classes, and more. Guests can expect traditional Puerto Rican music throughout the day, and vendors will be onsite with delicious authentic foods. For more information about the festival, click here. Saturday, July 26th, 12 p.m., Bristol Lions Park, Mill Street at Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA.
Our Frankford Ave. favorites, Johnny Brenda's and the Philadelphia Brewing Company, are hosting a summer clambake this Saturday. A special Kenzinger Shandy, along with other tasty PBC brews, will be on draft, and the special clambake menu–lobster rolls, crab cakes, fresh raw oysters, buck o' shuck clams, and crab poutine (!)–is not to be overlooked. Plus, DJ DNA will be spinning a mix of beach jams, surf tunes, soul, and blues all afternoon. Saturday, July 26th, 4 p.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Head to the city's new summertime hotspot, The Oval, for al fresco trivia hosted by Johnny Goodtimes. Bring friends, and sit inside the beer garden or lounge on the lawn while playing pub quiz. Winners get great prizes, and bragging rights for the rest of the evening. Saturday, July 26th, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
From News:On Saturday, the Camden Riversharks will host a screening of Sharknado after the 5:35 p.m. game against the Long Island Ducks. Appropriate! The Riversharks will also be holding "special Sharknado promotions" during the game, including "giveaways and a Sharknado t-shirt toss." The movie follows the game, fireworks, and a Kids Run the Bases promotion. Saturday, July 26th, Campbell's Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave., Camden, NJ.
Calling all upscale bargain hunters: stadler-Kahn, the quirky cool gift shop owned by author, illustrator, and textile designer Alexander Stadler, is hosting the ultimate garage sale this Sunday. A variety of clothing, housewares, vintage albums, stationary, and gifts will be for sale–plus old-fashioned bake sale goodies. Oh, and all the unique merch will be reasonably priced between $2-$35 (!). Get there. Sunday, July 27th, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 406 S. 21st Street (21st and Pine).
East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, Kenzinger Clambake, the Garage Sale of Dreams, and More East Passyunk's ninth annual Car Show and Street Festival is bringing cars, tunes, and good eats to South Philly this Sunday. The car show will spotlight over 140 antique, show, muscle, and custom cars—plus trucks and motorcycles—lined up between Broad and Dickinson streets. Festival goers will enjoy live music from several bands and DJs on each block, plus street vendors, circus performers, and delicious food and drinks from an assortment of visiting food trucks. The festival is family-friendly, with tons of activities for the kids, including a free moon bounce and a craft show at the Singing Fountain. Trophies will be awarded to the best rides in a variety of categories, with registration the day of between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The fest is free for attendees, with a $15 charge for those interested in showing off a set of wheels. Sunday, July 27th, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., East Passyunk Avenue.